In times of sadness and loss, expressing sympathy is one of the best ways to let your loved one know that you are there for them during this difficult process. While the goal of expressing sympathy is to offer compassion, concern, and help, it can be hard to articulate the right words at the right time–and that’s okay. Finding the right words to say in such an emotional moment is tough for everyone; however, we’ve put together a few examples of how to best communicate your care and support for the grieving individuals.

Examples of Expression

Many experts agree that one of the best ways to express your condolences is by sharing a story or a memory you have of the person who passed away. However, if you don’t have a story or simply don’t feel comfortable sharing it with everyone, there are plenty of other ways to express your sympathy. Here are a few examples:

  • “You are in my thoughts/prayers.” or “I’m thinking of you.”: These two statements are an excellent way to express your sympathy, for it lets the person know that you are fully aware of their emotional situation. By saying, “you are in my thoughts/prayers” or “I am thinking of you” you are letting the person know that they are not alone in the difficult time. This will help them feel a lot less isolated.
  • “I am sorry for your loss.”: A classic statement, but an effective one as well. This statement is an easy way to communicate your sympathy and a go-to when you’re at a loss for words. Regardless of its simplicity, “I am sorry for your loss” still lets the person know that you care and are there for them.
  • “This must be so hard for you.”: This statement shows the grieving that you acknowledge the pain and hardship that this death has brought upon them. By showing that you understand their pain, the bereaved will feel consoled and much less alone.

“I will miss him/her”, “He/she was a wonderful person”, or “I love you” are all great ways to express your sympathy and condolences as well. The most important thing to remember during this process is to not make it about you. While you may know what they are going through, try your best not to compare your own experiences with theirs. If finding the right words is still difficult and you’re afraid of saying the wrong thing, remember that actions always speak louder than words. Being there for them in their time of need matters the most.


Posted on November 6, 2018
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